I see Scott Miller went with Ryan Braun over Matt Kemp for National League MVP.
Today I agree with him. Yesterday I didn't. Friday I did.
He had to decide today, because our editors demanded a column. I have until Thursday, the day after the regular season ends.
Braun or Kemp?
Their numbers are similar. Braun took his team to the playoffs. Kemp played in a tougher ballpark, and with much less support in the lineup.
I've heard the arguments. I've heard from Kemp fans who say I'm crazy to even consider anyone else, and from Braun fans who want to know how I could vote for someone whose team hasn't played a meaningful game in months.
Normally, I wouldn't. Until last week, I barely considered Kemp as MVP.
He's having a special season. He deserves to be considered.
As of today, I'm not voting for him. Tomorrow, maybe I am.
All that matters is what I think Thursday. And we're not there yet.
As for the other awards:
AL MVP: An equally tough choice, but Scott's right, it's Justin Verlander. No single player has dominated this season the way he has. I was a Curtis Granderson supporter when September began, I've been swayed by Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, but it's Verlander who should (and likely will) win.
NL Cy Young: I hate to go against Roy Halladay, but I love to go against Scott. So it's Clayton Kershaw, in a very, very close call.
AL Cy Young: I love to go against Scott, but I'm not crazy. It's Verlander, and it's not close.
NL Manager of the Year: Kirk Gibson, and with apologies to Ron Roenicke, who did a fantastic job, it's not close.
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, whether or not his Rays end up in the playoffs.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson.
NL Rookie of the Year: Craig Kimbrel.